Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
Rochester CLE Day: Saturday, March 19, 2011

5.0 Minnesota and Iowa Credits, 6.0 Wisconsin Credits, Only $59

Rochester CLE Day

This CLE program took place in the past. For information on upcoming low-cost CLE programs, please visit my main CLE page

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 12:00 - 5:30 PM
Comfort Suites
4141 Maine Avenue Southeast
Rochester, MN 55904

5.0 Minnesota standard CLE credits approved (MBCLE event code 153058); 6.0 Wisconsin CLE credits approved; 5.0 Iowa CLE credits approved.

Update: Some spaces are still available, and you may register at the door and pay by check or cash, or register online and pay by credit card. If you do plan to register at the door, I would appreciate if you would let me know you'll be attending, so that I'll have sufficient copies of the course materials. My e-mail address is

Program Description

We have three interesting presentations planned–two live lectures, and one video replay:

Early Minnesota Legal History (Live program) presented by Richard Clem. Lawyers generally don't think of themselves as historians, but we frequently do the work of historians. We seek out historical events (which we call "precedents") and try to apply these historical lessons to current situations. Minnesota's legal history has a long pedigree, dating back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. These antecedents give our laws a "chain of title" that is sometimes ignored. Some of the historical antecedents we'll look at are merely interesting "old cases" with little practical application. But others come under the heading of "venerable precedents", which can sometimes make an argument more compelling. And in a few cases, the law as it existed prior to statehood was arguably enshrined into the state constitution, in which case it takes on special significance. Course materials (PDF). One hour, thirty minutes

Whiplash: The Epidemic (Live program) presented by Dr. Brian J. Engel. Dr. Engel, an attorney and chiropractor, will discuss the medico-legal issues surrounding Whiplash, and will provide numerous practice pointers for the attorney handling such a case. The program will cover history, epidemiology, biomechanics, diagnosis, treatment, and risk assessment. Particular emphasis will be given to the challenges presented to the attorney handling such a case. For example, jury pools are often tainted by junk science, and this junk science is often repeated by defense experts. Since these experts invariably rely upon a handful of studies out of thousands, this program will give the attorney handling this type of case specific guidance on how to overcome this junk science. One hour, fifteen minutes.

Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Appellate Practice (Video replay) presented and moderated by Richard Clem. For the attorney unexpectedly faced with a case before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, it can be a daunting challenge. While the Minnesota Rules of Appellate Procedure are not onerous, they do impose requirements that might be very different from what the trial attorney is used to. In some cases, seemingly innocent violations of these rules can be disastrous. We’’ll walk through the rules and give practical guidance on how to file a notice of appeal, how to order a transcript, how to write and assemble a brief, and even what color the brief’s cover needs to be, and how it should be bound. This course will put you at ease if you are ever required to file an appeal, or if the opposing party files an appeal in a case in which you prevailed. The course materials include detailed forms and checklists, and references to the rules. This program was originally presented in St. Paul on February 19, 2011. Two hours, fifteen minutes.

About the Speakers

Richard P. Clem has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State,468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

Brian J. Engel, D.C., J.D., is an attorney and chiropractor. He graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1990, and from William Mitchell College of Law in 2000. He has been licensed to practice chiropractic since 1990 and law since 2000. He has owned and operated multi-discipline and diagnostic clinics. He has experience in personal injury, both as an attorney and chiropractor.

CLE credit has been applied for as follows: Minnesota: 5.0 standard credits; Iowa 5.0 credits; Wisconsin 5.5 credits.

Course Schedule
12:00 Registration
12:10 Welcome, opening remarks
12:15 Live CLE Program, Early Minnesota Legal History
1:45 Break
1:55 Live CLE Program, Whiplash: The Epidemic
3:10 Break
3:15 Video Replay, Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Appellate Practice
5:30 Closing remarks

The Comfort Suites Rochester is located at 4141 Maine Avenue Southeast, Rochester, MN 55904. The hotel phone number (for directions) is (507) 424-2720. The hotel is close to downtown Rochester, less than a mile from the junction of U.S. Highways 63 and 52, about five miles north of Interstate 90. Plenty of free parking is available in the hotel lot.

The cost of this program is $59. You may register by mail by sending payment, along with a note indicating the date of the program to:
Richard P. Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Rochester CLE Day, 3/19/11

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